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ERIC Number: ED319257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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The Foreign Workers and Foreign Workers' German.
Blackshire-Belay, Carol
Foreign Workers' German (FWG) refers to the acquired German language skills of workers from various countries who were recruited to West Germany between 1955 and 1973 to fill menial, undesirable jobs. Contact between these workers and native German speakers was limited because of the nature of the foreigners' work, the tendency toward residential segregation, and because native West Germans often viewed these workers as temporary residents of the country. Because of these social barriers, opportunities for these workers to acquire proper German language skills were also limited, but the need to communicate among themselves led foreign workers to develop a type of spoken German that combines elements of the workers' original languages with the non-standard use of German lexical items and unique constructions. For this study, 78 foreign workers were interviewed and their spontaneous speech was recorded and analyzed. Several discernable features of FWG are discussed. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: West Germany